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State Film Commissions Guide: Tennessee

Memphis Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state?
Tennessee offers 25% on your Qualified TN Spend (TN residents and vendors). Minimum spend $200,000 for a feature or $200,000 per episode. It's a cash rebate. CPA review.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
Smokey Mountains in the east, rolling hills of Middle, TN, and the Delta in west Tennessee.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?
The diverse topography of the western delta and plains to Middle Tennessee's rolling hills and the soaring peaks of the Smokies in East Tennessee offers three distinct geographical looks.

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation?
TN has a very experienced crew base. TN is a right-to-work state and the unions are accessible and work with the various productions that film in the state.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state?
"Stoker," "42," "Deadline," "Blue Like Jazz," and the "Nashville" TV Series.

What cities have their own film commissions in your state?
Memphis and Chattanooga.

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Contact Bob Raines at bob.raines@tn.gov or (615) 741-3456.

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire's full guide to state film commissions HERE


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